5 Skin Care Products You Should Be Using To Protect Your Skin
You may be used to the harsh conditions in Nigeria
Moisturizer is the one skincare essential that nearly everyone uses, it is needed. Moisturizers moisturize and protect the skin.
It is the same function sebum produced by healthy skin exhibits. Applying your moisturizer correctly, on the other hand, boosts hydration in your skin, the essence of moisturizers is to retain water in the body so as to keep the skin hydrated.
Water constantly evaporates from the deeper layers of the skin.
In a country like Nigeria where the sun and heat are intense, moisturizers keep the skin moist.
The applications of moisturizers can reduce the transepidermal water loss rate by up to 75% for several hours, depending on the type of moisturizer you use. Moisturizers include creams, soaps, and ointments.
Nigeria’s weather conditions can cause damages to your skin, Using moisturizer does a lot for your skin care and saves you a whole lot of skin scare.
Lip balm can be your shea butter, popularly known as Ori and your Vaseline. Lip balm or lip salve is a wax-like substance applied on the lips of the mouth to moisturize and relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis, or cold sores.
Lip balm often contains beeswax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petrolatum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol, salicylic acid, and did you know they may contain sunscreens?
The main essence of lip balm is to provide a blocking layer on the lip’s surface. This will lock in moisture in your lips and protect them from external exposure.
External elements such as cold temperatures, dry air, and wind have drying effects on the skin. The skin on your lips is very thin and will be the first to show signs of dryness.
The application of lip balm will soothe the lips from drying and cracking away.
Nigerians have started embracing the use of cleanser mostly because of beauty trend called “Makeup Artistry”, the fear of having acne and other skin diseases makes us use cleansers in our daily routine.
A cleanser is a facial product that is used to remove makeup along with dirt, oil, dead cells on the skin and other skin pollutants.
An active cleanser unclogs pores which are good for acne prevention. They are also used in many skin care routines.
You may prefer to exfoliate your skin with the use of facial scrubs. According to Wikipedia “Mechanical exfoliants include microfiber cloths, adhesive exfoliation sheets, microbead facial scrubs, crepe paper, crushed apricot kernel or almond shells, sugar or salt crystals, pumice, and abrasive materials such as sponges, loofahs, brushes, and simply fingernails”.
An exfoliator is an essential skin care product that removes dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface.
It is safe to say Nigerians exfoliate every day “Chemical exfoliants include scrubs containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, citric acid, or malic acid which may be applied in high concentrations by a medical professional, or in lower concentrations in over-the-counter product”, however, an exfoliator remains a key product to use in Nigeria.
Sunscreen is that one product that protects the skin from sunburns and the damages it could cause. Sunscreen is not easily accessible to Nigerians because not many people see the need for it.
It is not only to be used on the beach in foreign countries, but it would also save the people from the harsh tans, sunburns, and unwanted hyperpigmentation.
In a tropical region like Nigeria where the sun is usually hot, sunscreen is needed for your skin to remain healthy.
Image credit: The Guardian Nigeria